Everyone’s got coronavirus on the brain right now, but no one is taking it more literally than the so-called “corona cops” in India.
Officers in multiple Indian cities have started donning big, spiky, goofy-looking red helmets that resemble the microscopic virus, in an effort to raise awareness about it during the country’s sweeping COVID-19 lockdown.
Citizens might not be able to see the actual virus outdoors, but it’s been hard to miss these officers with their spike-ball heads.
Insp. Rajesh Babu of the Tamil Nadu Police Force spent March 28 wearing one such helmet for traffic duty in the southeastern city of Chennai.
Video and photos posted online show him urging commuters to stay indoors for the country’s 21-day lockdown, often while wearing the modified motorcycle helmet on his head.
Journalist Pramod Madhav applauded Babu’s creativity in a tweet that included video of the helmet.
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“Meet Chennai’s Corona cop,” he wrote. “Going an extra mile while performing his duty.”
Police in the central city of Hyderabad have also started handing out spike-ball helmets to their traffic cops in an effort to raise awareness.
They effectively staged a parade on Tuesday to show off the helmets, with officers donning the costumes on motorcycle and horseback.